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Blog Entry# 1951661
Posted: Aug 04 2016 (15:18)

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Aug 04 2016 (13:38)   Indian Railways invites private players to run Maglev trains at 500 kmph

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On the lines of civil aviation sector, Indian railways is keen to bring in private companies to build and operate private rail in India just like the private airlines.
Indian Railways have invited foreign private players to run high-speed trains running at 500 km per hour, faster than the proposed bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
On the lines of civil aviation sector, railways is keen to bring in private companies to build and operate private rail in India just as like private airlines.
to railway officials, these trains will operate on magnetic levitation (Maglev) technique, which allows trains to run at very high speed. The minimum speed of these trains will be 350km per hour.
At present Maglev technology is used in countries like Japan, China, and Germany. An expression of interest has been issued by the Railway Ministry and private firms have been asked to submit their response by September 6. The modalities and specifications for the project will be finalised at a later stage.
The government proposed to undertake the Maglev project on a public private partnership (PPP) mode. Under this, the railways will provide land required for the project while the private firms will execute and operate the trains.
"The entire transportation infrastructure including railway stations, platforms, tracks, signal syetem, fare structure, and time table will be developed by the private firms while the land related issued will be taken care of by the railways. Revenue thus generated will be shared between the two parties," said a railway ministry official.
Sources in Rail Ministry said the proposal is in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of taking railways to the age of high speed trains. While the railway ministry is working on several projects of bullet trains, high speed and semi-high speed trains, the Maglev trains will be a different experience all together.
This also assumes significance as the cash-strapped railways is exploring external sources of revenue to fund its projects. Of late, the railways have also been losing traffic to roads and air routes. For financial year 2015-16, the railways earned revenue of Rs 45,384 crore from passenger traffic against a target of Rs 50,175 crore. The target for the current financial year has been set at Rs 51,012 crore.
Experts believe that the rail traffic may further reduce after the regional air connectivity is improved. However, to counter this aspect, the railways are identifying the routes so as to make the private rail network financially viable.
A senior official of the Ministry of Railways says four routes - Bengaluru-Chennai, Hyderabad-Chennai, New Delhi-Chandigarh and Nagpur-Mumbai - have been identified for the Maglev trains. Since these routes are heavily congested, Maglev trains will be a big respite for the passengers. Officials said trains on these routes are running nearly 120 per cent saturation.
"The Indian Government shall provide land for the 200 to 500 kilometre-long project while the company that will eventually bag the contract will be expected to design the Maglev train and build an elevated track for running the train; all this only after it successfully gives a demonstration of the Maglev systems over a distance of 10 to 15 km," the government proposal said. Globally, only a small number of countries have used the Maglev systems. These include Germany, China, Japan, South Korea and the US.
In China, the Maglev trains ply between Shanghai city and its airport, covering a distance of about 38 km. To make Maglev trains financially viable, the Indian Railways will also allow the private operator to introduce non-fare revenue models like wi-fi, movies, food and other add on services to be charged from passengers.

7 posts - Thu Aug 04, 2016

Aug 04 2016 (23:11)
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I think japan already run maglev trains since 1979 to present, Miyazaki, Japan, on 21 December 1979 travelled at 517 km/h (321 mph), authorized by Guinness World Records.

Aug 05 2016 (13:58)
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Although Japan & Germany has developed & tested Maglev trains on their test- tracks since decades, but China took the lead in putting German technology into commercial operation using their technology. This maglev called Transrapid runs between Shanghai Pudong international airport and the city covering 30kms distance in about 8 minutes @430kmph top speed.
Other countries does not have either financial justification of the huge costs (as very high traffic density is required to generate respectable revenues), or they could not muster enough courage to take risk what China has done.
addition to Japan, another probable country which could finance the Indian Maglev project could be China and that too if it is convinced that High speed Maglev train could find enough passengers in India.
European countries are themselves struggling to put maglev trains into operation in their country, they funding Indian Maglev is a remote possibility.
In USA concept of HSTs is more opposed than supported by majority of Public and Govt. authorities.
Only source left for funding is India! and it should be done after upgradation of existing rail network after investing at-least Rs. 10-20 lac crores!! I have tried to give complete picture of Evolvement of Maglev train in world through following salient points.
(1) 1913- Emile Bachelet of New York USA demonstrated a prototype magnetic levitation of rail car
(2) 1979-Hamberg Germany, 908m long maglev track constructed and showcased on the event of first international transport exhibition when the maglev carried about 50000 passengers, at speed of 75kmph (Transrapid 5).
(3) 1984-1995 First commercial run of Maglev was started in UK between Birmingham's International Railway Station and Airport on 625m track at 42kmph which was stopped since 1995 due to high maintenance costs.
(4) 1984-06 31Kms single line test track constructed in Germany by Transrapid. , a German maglev company. Passengers were given paid rides (Transrapid-6 Max speed-400kmph, Transrapid-7 max speed 500 kmph)) till an accident occurred in 2006. Track dismantled in 2012
(5) 1989-91 Second commercial venture of Maglev trains called (agnet)-Bahn was in Berlin, Germany with 1.6 km long maglev track with 3 stations were operated at speed of 80kmph. Today it is defunct.
(6) 1.1.2004 Third commercial Maglev venture and first with high operational speed of 431kmph (500kmph max speed) began with 30.5 km line with 2 stations Pudong international airport and the Shanghai city in China.
(7) 6.3.2005-Fourth Maglev commercial venture, Linimo started commercial operation with top speed of 100kmph between Fujigaoka and Yakusa (Nagoya city, Japan) with 9 stops on 9 km stretch.
The only high speed maglev venture is 30 km Chinese Maglev project which costed 1.2 bi$ (i.e. >8,000 crore Rs) for construction in 2001-4 i.e.. Keeping in view the inflation, the project cost of high speed maglev in India for construction period, 2016-21 could be about 25000-30,000 crores. i.e. around 1000 crore/km!!
Although history is not very encouraging, the Maglev train is able to keep the enthusiasm alive due to possibility of very high commercial speeds >430 kmph, which is not possible today with wheel & rail HSTrains.

Aug 05 2016 (14:17)
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Ye sb kaha se copy mara h bhai :-P :-D

Aug 05 2016 (14:41)
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History & dates in sl.1-7 are from websites Wiki+others, rest are my original.

Aug 05 2016 (14:41)
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